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Psych Study Suggests Listening To 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” Before A Job Interview

(AllHipHop News) 50 Cent’s #1 hit “In Da Club” was one of the most popular Hip Hop songs of the 2000’s. The Get Rich or Die Tryin’ track ruled the radio, MTV, and nightspots back in ’03, and according to a new study by the Society For Personality And Social Psychology, Fiddy’s single is also one of the most effective tunes to listen to before a job interview or business transaction.

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NME reports the organization had two groups listen to different styles of music. One group listened to bass-heavy “high-power music” like “In Da Club,” Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” and 2 Unlimited’s “Get Ready For This.” The second group listened to “low-power music” like Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa”, Fatboy Slim’s “Because We Can,” and Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out?”

The study was designed to help determine the “psychological empowerment” of music. Inspired by athletes’ use of music to “pump themselves up” before games, researchers sought to see if certain musical styles could make someone feel more powerful and in control in situations like interviews.

The experiment determined the “high-power music” group tended to be more focused and productive. The “low-power music” group made more mistakes when measured for abstract thinking.

“One thing we know from prior research is that people who feel powerful tend to make the first offer in negotiations. Essentially, power is a propensity to act, to take charge of the situation,” said Derek Rucker, the report’s co-author.

Rucker added, “Just as professional athletes might put on empowering music before they take the field to get them in a powerful state of mind, you might try [this] in certain situations where you want to be empowered… Empowering music might be used strategically to get us in the right frame of mind.”

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